The Trans-Siberian route is one of the longest train journeys you are able to take on one train. It takes seven days for the whole trip, and the longest of the routes is across 6,152 miles, taking riders from Moscow to Vladivostok. For any adventurers who are at all interested in train travel, it is an absolute must-do, and for those who just enjoy incredible scenery, it is certainly one for the bucket list!
When is the best time to book a trip?
If you are looking entirely at the cheapest time to go, then winter is the best for your back pocket. The winter views will be stunning; however, stops will certainly be chilly! To really make the most of this trip you should book between May and September as you are more likely to get agreeable weather and the longest amount of daylight.
Why is it worth doing?
The Russian landscape is the main draw of the trans-Siberian train journey. Beautiful paintings seem to come to life as the train whizzes by various towns and villages, and you won’t need a book to pass the time as the window seat will be all you need!
What should you do on the Trans-Siberian route?
There are three main routes to choose from; Moscow to Beijing via Mongolia is a six-day ride across 4,735 miles. It only runs once a week but is often considered the most interesting route. Moscow to Vladivostok, despite being the longest at seven nights and 6,152 miles is actually the least popular with Western adventurers. This route runs every other day, and bargain hunters can make the most of the very basic third class – after all, the view is the same! Finally the 5623 miles, Moscow to Beijing via Harbin, Manchuria trip. This is another six-night journey that only runs once a week. If you are feeling worth a pamper or fancying something a little more special, book a ride on the Golden Eagle Luxury Trains which is like a high-class hotel on wheels.
Stop off en-route
Of course, traveling for this long, you will want to break up the journey with stays along the way. There isn’t an ‘open ticket’ as such – the trip is reserved for the full journey; however, you could create an itinerary based on separate tickets. For example, Kazan is a popular place to stop where visitors can explore Kremlin, the only surviving Tartar fortress left in Russia. Yekaterinburg is favored by visitors who wish to see the church atop the site where the last Russian royal family were murdered. Irkutsk is another popular stop and is known colloquially as the “Paris of Siberia.” Perfect for architecture lovers as the buildings are neo-classical, and many have incredibly ornate fretwork to behold. It is also home to Lake Baikal which is worth stopping to see. Ulan Bator is a popular stop in Mongolia as you can visit the Gobi desert.
There is so much to stop and see on the route, although of course, like with many things in life, in this case, the journey is the destination and the experience of traveling on a train for such a long stretch is an adventure in itself.